Monmouthshire Challenge joins the traditional Forest of Dean Classic route over May 3-4

The Forest of Dean Classic sportive will become a two-day event for 2015, based in Monmouth over May 3-4. The 11th edition of the event will feature the Monmouthshire Challenge on Sunday May 3 and the Forest of Dean Spring Classic on Bank Holiday Monday May 4.

The new Monmouthshire Challenge event features a testing 62-mile (100km) route through the county taking in some of the 2014 British Road Race Championship route on the way. This is a perfect warm-up for the next day’s hilly Classic event or for those wanting a less strenuous sportive and at £15 must be one of the cheapest sportives in the UK.

Monday, May 4, is the traditional Forest of Dean event with two challenging courses through the stunning Monmouthshire countryside. The Classic 90 mile (145km) route is a tough, hilly ride through the beautiful Forest of Dean with 20 individual climbs counted down over the length of the course. The climbing starts right from the off and takes in over 8,000 feet of ascending.

Broadwell and Bulls Hill are just two of the many climbs along the way but the real test is the 25 per cent grind of Symonds Yat, which comes less than 10 miles from the finish.

The shorter 62 mile (100km) route takes in most of the traditional route but with a much more forgiving eight climbs instead of 20, but still includes the iconic Symonds Yat and over 6,000ft of climbing.

Entry is limited to 500 places. For more information and online entry, visit the Wheels in Wheels website.